The five sentences (labelled 1,2,3,4, and 5) given in this question, when properly sequenced, form a coherent paragraph. Decide on the proper order for the sentences and key in this sequence of five numbers as your answer.

  1. The Chinese effectively demanded that the global corporation shift its entire Asian business out of their Indian operation and move it to China.
  2. After they had covered the listed agenda, they found their local CEO cribbing about their Indian operation and how his Indian counterpart was dropping the ball, missing business opportunities and suchlike.
  3. Two of the Chinese executives involved were ranking members of the Communist Party of China, and the Westerners noticed their Chinese colleagues’ proposal end with a distinct “or else…”.
  4. A couple of years ago, top executives of a mid-sized Western multinational found themselves in Beijing attending a strategy meeting of their Chinese subsidiary.
  5. The visiting executives thought this was the usual office politics until they found that two others joined in.


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  1. Mayank Khanna

    The passage is about one meeting which foreign nationals attended in Beijing.

    4- An introduction about the meeting where foreign nationals went to Beijing, China
    2- What happened in meeting, after listing agendas the CEO complained about India’s inefficiency
    5- Officers ignored the complaint as office politics
    3- It became serious when others joined , two of whom were from communist party
    1- Now the demand became effective as the agenda involved a political party as well.

  2. The correct sequence should be 42531.
    4 talks about the a strategic meeting of the executives of a company.
    2 follows this because it explains what happened in the meeting which everybody thought to be office politics untill 2 Chinese executives joined in(sentence 5).
    3 tells what was distinct about the Chinese executives
    4 tells about their demand

    1. Call it the question maker’s bias, Richa, but I didn’t think it was all that tricky. The answer responses received prove otherwise.

  3. The answer is 42513. Seeing that 4 refers to the earliest point of time, it should be placed first in the sequence of events. 2 succeeds 4 by elaborating on the strategy meeting. 5 has a pronoun reference to 2 (‘this’ was office politics refers to the Chinese CEO cribbing about their Indian operation). 1 continues by stating the Chinese executives’ demands. 3 concludes by describing how the proposal ended.

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